MDC-T acting president Thokozani Khupe has been dumped by her long-time aide Witness Dube, who has thrown his weight behind secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora.
Dube is convinced that Mwonzora, rather than Khupe has what it takes to confront ZANU PF head-on. The Standard quoted its source as having said:
Dube is supporting Mwonzora because he believes he is the better candidate, has better leadership skills and stands a better chance against Zanu PF, but he has received a backlash and is now facing threats of violence from those in Bulawayo, who feels he is betraying his former boss and the Matabeleland region.
Dube confirmed that he was backing Mwonzora and his decision has not gone well with Khupe’s supporters who are accusing him of sexism. Said, Dube:
I think from the people that are throwing their hats into the ring Mwonzora has a better skill set, he is more tolerant and shrewd.
I can’t be called a sexist and a sellout for my choice.
I served Khupe for 10 years and I think this sense of entitlement should just not be part of our politics.
We need leadership that can unite the party and allow us to move on.
Meanwhile, former MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu on Saturday said there was a need for Khupe and MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa to find each other otherwise the MDC will self-destruct.